Would you kindly tell tne what is the difference between a picky and a fussy?
Both of those words are for description of people character. But seem some times i use it wrong way and people are prone to misunderstand me.
Here is my very simple explanation:
picky means extremely fussy/choosy/careful/selective/particular/discriminating when you are choosing something, e.g.,
The children are such picky eaters.
Some people are very picky about who they choose to share their lives with.
Big companies can afford to be picky about who they hire.
She's very picky about her clothes.
He's a very picky eater.
fussy means 'anxious or particular about petty details / hard to satisfy or please' - almost the same thing as picky, but it is used in different situations, e.g.,
She is not fussy about her food.
Leonora was fussy about her looks.
All my children were fussy eaters.
Our teacher is very fussy about punctuation.
I am not fussy about what I eat.
A sick person is likely to be fussy about his food.
She used to be so fussy about her appearance.
He's so fussy about the house - everything has to be absolutely perfect.
[picky relates to a person's action and fussy relates to a person personality]
They are very similar, but in my opinion being ¨fussy¨ is slightly more negative. ¨Fussy¨ is mostly linked with babies--- babies are ¨fussy¨ when they are not happy. When you call an adult ¨fussy¨ it implies some negative things about them not being pleasant, not controlling their displays of emotion, and being immature about their complaints. ¨Picky¨ implies high expectations. Neither are really positive terms, but someone can be picky while still being more calm and adultlike.
I would not say being a picky or a fussy though. It is being a ¨picky person¨ or ¨a fussy person.¨ They are adjectives, not nouns.